Hands-on learning activities, outside of the traditional classroom.

We'll help you develop the kind of broad understanding that sets you apart and adds value to your education. 

Support a community agency, study in a developing nation or participate with a research team. Learning outside the classroom means gaining real-world experience, knowledge and skills from hands-on opportunities. The Center houses resources for students who want to enrich their academic experiences while making themselves marketable after graduation. Students can find opportunities for service-learning, “AWOL” service-learning programs, studying abroad, National Student Exchange, undergraduate research and creative scholarship, and nationally competitive awards & fellowships, among others. We also provide support to our international students with cultural and academic adjustments, as well as immigration concerns.


  • USD Critical Language Scholarship

    The CLS Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. The goal is to broaden the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries. Jenna Hayes (left) will study in Russia and Rose McLaughlin (right) will study in Azerbaijan in the summer 2016. 

  • USD UDiscover

    Thirteen USD students have been awarded UDiscover scholarships for Summer 2016. They will spend 10 weeks working closely with a faculty mentor on an original research project. This year’s projects range from working with a Vermillion community organization to create a visioning plan for sustainability based on citizen’s own visions, to creating a theoretical model of the El Nino climate pattern. Congratulations to all of our winners!

  • USD Peru 2016

    USD Summer in Peru

    This year will provide students an immersive experience in Lima and Cuzco, Peru, where they will take one intensive Spanish course, followed by a field course in psychology. While in Lima, students will live with host families and have opportunities to experience the local culture of Lima. After Lima, students will transfer to Cuzco, Peru where they will continue learning about Peruvian culture through the psychology course, "Culture and Psychology."